06/10/2020 - We need to strengthen our ties with Africa, a young and dynamic continent. First and foremost, in order to get to grips with the current crisis, and that will be the purpose of my visit to Ethiopia this week. But also in a more structural way to jointly foster economic development which is green, digital and fair on our two continents.
The Commission adopted on 6 October 2020 the Enlargement package and the Economic and Investment plan for the Western Balkans. The Enlargement package assesses the state of implementation of reforms and presents recommendations to the six Western Balkans partners on their continued path towards the EU. The major Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans aims to accelerate the long-term economic recovery of the region, support a green and digital transition, and foster the region’s integration and convergence with the EU.
The first edition of the EU – Western Balkans Media Literacy Conference took place on 29 September gathering fact-checkers, youth, journalists and authorities from the Western Balkans, the EU and beyond discussing media literacy and fight against disinformation. The Conference conclusions stress the need for all actors – EU, local authorities and civil society - to invest in education, engage with youth, support professional journalism and fact-checkers in order to strengthen democracy and counter disinformation.
02/10/2020 - The EU sometimes struggles to take decisions on foreign policy due to divisions among member states. And yet many want the EU to play a stronger, geo-political role in a dangerous world. We need an honest debate without taboos on how best to achieve this, including on how we take decisions.
Biodiversity and Nature are essential for all life on the planet. Biodiversity plays a critical role for sustainable development and human well-being. Biodiversity can also reinforce peace when putting in place inclusive management of natural resources, respecting indigenous rights, combatting wildlife trafficking or promoting international dialogue around shared resources. In one of his first speeches as EU High Representative, Josep Borrell had stressed that "Today, land and natural resources management is one of the most critical challenges the world is facing."